Saturday, July 14, 2007

Can You Say--Obstruction of Justice?

The website, Crooks and Liars, has an excellent summary of and links for Bill Moyer's Journal last night. Moyers aired a bipartisan discussion on the case for impeachment. And it's more compelling than during the Watergate era. Here's the story.

While it's true that a president may pardon or commute any sentences, he may not obstruct justice. That's exactly what our president did when he pardoned Scooter Libby last week. Constitutional framers did not envision the massive over-reaches of this administration, the signing statements geared at eliminating Congress from meaningful legislation, the turning of the government against its own citizenry. That is, they did not so envision executive overreach, except to provide an impeachment provision.

Unfortunately, our fearless leaders in the Senate and House have taken impeachment off the table. That failure emboldens already-over-emboldened, run-away power grabbers and opportunists running this government. If Congress doesn't stand up to Bush, then it is letting him do what he does. And it is, therefore, complicit.

It isn't sufficient to say we have an election (2008) to run, so let's focus on that. If we buy that line of thinking, then all future presidents will have enhanced power. And they will know for certain that Congress no longer performs its Constitutional required oversight. Whether there are the votes to impeach at this time, or not, the hearings should proceed. Congress owes it to the American people to at least air the evidence.